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Spanish A Level at Dunraven School

Course description

The A Level course in Spanish provides learners with opportunities to appreciate the diverse and captivating culture of
Spanish and Hispanic countries, in addition to understanding the complex syntax that underpins the language.
A wide range of contemporary and controversial topics are covered to enhance the study of the language and its linguistics. From the very outset of the course, learners of the language are given the strategies and skills to be able to participate in the classroom, using and understanding the Spanish spoken language for real purposes.
Oral and aural skills are further supported by our Foreign Language Assistants, who are timetabled on a weekly basis to give tutorials to individuals and small groups in addition to lesson time.
The course comprises increasing communication at an advanced level and requires students to be creative with the language, in terms of discursive essays / debating skills, which often complement other subjects.Students will be expected to develop their independent skills, investing time in their weekly assignments, as well as matching the skill set below.

Course content

Students will be examined in all four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing at both AS and A-Level. As well as the high level of language knowledge needed, the A-Level course is likely to include cultural topics taken from Spain and the Spanish-speaking world. In the past, these have included the study of the region of Catalonia and 20th Century Colombian History.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Spanish with a grade A in Written Paper


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing What’s assessed • Aspects of Hispanic society • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world •
Multiculturalism in Hispanic society • Aspects of political life in Hispanic society • Grammar How it’s assessed • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • 100 marks • 50% of A-level
Paper 2: Writing What’s assessed • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification • Grammar How it’s assessed • Written exam: 2 hours • 80 marks in total • 20% of A-level
Paper 3:
Speaking What’s assessed • Individual research project • One of four sub-themes ie Aspects of Hispanic society or Artistic culture in the Hispanic world or Multiculturalism in Hispanic society or Aspects of political life in Hispanic society How it’s assessed •
Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) • 60 marks in total • 30% of A-level.

Future opportunities

An A level Spanish qualification is highly regarded by Higher Education institutions and a range of employers. It will facilitate careers in business, travel, interpreting, education, law, research, fashion, journalism, the arts and countless other professions and pathways in the UK and beyond.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dunraven School directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years